MPHA is Hiring: Director of Development

Title: Director of Development

Organization: Massachusetts Public Health Association

Brief Summary of Position: The Massachusetts Public Health Association (MPHA) is the champion for public health in the Commonwealth. It is the catalyst for change, eliminating health inequities and creating healthy communities. MPHA envisions a Commonwealth where optimal health conditions exist for all.

Under the leadership of Rebekah Gewirtz, MPHA’s Executive Director, and guided by its comprehensive 3-year strategic plan, MPHA is experiencing significant growth and greater impact and success. Recently selected as a Social Innovator by the Social Innovation Forum and having rebranded itself, MPHA seeks to grow its membership base, partner organizations and coalition partners substantially by 2017, a time during which annual revenues are budgeted to increase to approximately $850,000.

Reporting directly to the Executive Director, MPHA’s Director of Development will partner with the Executive Director, the Board of Directors and other MPHA staff to refine and execute a comprehensive fundraising program for the organization. Specific areas of focus include cultivation, solicitation and engagement of individual and organizational members, management of the individual giving and major donor program, grant research and writing and events management.


  • Refine and implement a membership program that regularly inspires and sustains members by providing opportunities to engage directly in the work and by promoting the collective impact of MPHA, its members and partners
  • Recruit and sustain individual and organizational membership, currently numbering 800, and increase the total number of members to 1,100 by December 2017
  • Manage and execute MPHA’s individual giving program inclusive of developing an annual fundraising calendar, prospecting for donors (particularly major contributors), targeting outreach, drafting appeal letters, engaging the board and staff in solicitation through personalized appeals and staffing and manning an annual phone bank of volunteer solicitors
  • Supervise and provide support to the Events Manager who is responsible for MPHA’s annual Spring Awards Breakfast (traditionally attended by over 300 supporters and around which approximately $200,000 is raised annually) and MPHA’s annual meeting, a state-wide educational event. Provide assistance managing vendor relations and contractors associated with the event
  • Conduct grant research and oversee the grant writing and submission process, partnering with the Executive Director, the Director of Public Policy & Campaign Strategy, and other staff to ensure that engaging, specific, and accurate content is included in all proposals
  • Staff the Development Committee of the Board of Directors, who help create and execute the fundraising program to ensure that MPHA achieves its annual goals
  • In support of MPHA’s Communications Associate who reports to the Executive Director, contribute to marketing activities, such as drafting communications, developing materials and providing content and strategies to support MPHA’s social media platform
  • Supervise development interns and contractors who are regularly engaged to supplement staff capacity


  • A commitment to and demonstrated experience fundraising for a nonprofit
  • An energetic approach to build, engage and sustain a membership program by utilizing diverse strategies, well-designed materials and engaging activities
  • Ability to conduct grant research and collaborate with internal teams to write and submit exceptional grant applications and manage grant reporting in a timely and accurate manner
  • A demonstrated commitment to social and economic justice and a belief that diverse staff, members and partners collectively produce greater results
  • Experience partnering with and activating board committees, particularly development and/or membership committees
  • Self-motivated and highly organized, with the ability to work well under pressure as part of a diverse team
  • Excellent English written and verbal communication skills
  • Knowledge of and experience with Salesforce database preferred
  • Knowledge of the Massachusetts health policy landscape and relationships with Massachusetts public health, healthcare and social justice advocacy communities would be a plus

To Apply: This search is being managed by John Tarvin of Claremont Consulting. All submissions are confidential. Please email to your resume and a cover letter with salary requirements, where you learned of the position and a description of how your qualifications and experience match MPHA’s needs. Only fully complete email submissions will be considered. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

MPHA is actively seeking to build a diverse and experienced staff. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, handicap, age, religion, sexual orientation, or national or ethnic origin. We are an equal opportunity employer.

%d bloggers like this: